NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism

Academic Centers

The Access to Justice Lab
Harvard Law School
1607 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
D. James Greiner, Executive Director, jgreiner[at]law.harvard.edu
Imagine if lawyers, judges, and policymakers used rigorous evidence to design and run the U.S. justice system. They could:
  • enable far more people, especially those who can't afford to hire lawyers, to access civil justice;
  • make the criminal justice system fairer and more efficient; and
  • promote the dignity and respect of individuals and families as they encounter the justice system.
The Access to Justice Lab creates and shares the rigorous evidence needed to make these transformations happen.

Center for Access to Justice
Georgia State University of Law
PO Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
Lauren Sudeall, Director, lsudeall@gsu.edu
The Center for Access to Justice promotes meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment in the civil and criminal justice systems, with a focus on the South. To that end, we convene stakeholders, engage in research, and train the next generation of lawyers to serve the public interest. Center for Access to Justice conducts research and hosts community education programs to explore and address obstacles to access to justice. Our student programming helps prepare future lawyers to be agents of change.

Center for Access to Justice & Technology
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law established the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT) to make justice more accessible to the public by promoting the use of technology in teaching, practice, and public access to the law. The Center conducts research and supports faculty, staff and student projects on access to justice and technology, including developing A2J Guided Interviews using Access to Justice (A2J) Author, an expert system and user interface used by self-represented litigants to complete a court form or navigate a legal process.
The CAJT also runs the Self-Help Web Center, a student-run help desk at the Daley Center Courthouse in Chicago. There, students help self-represented litigants complete court forms, use online resources, and answer general questions about the court.

Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
Mercer University School of Law
1021 Georgia Ave
Macon, GA 31207
Professor Patrick Longan, longan_p@mercer.edu
Mercer's Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism seeks to engage members of the bench and bar, students, faculty, and the surrounding community with outreach educational activities and services designed around improving professionalism in students, lawyers, and judges.

Center for the Study of the Legal Profession
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 2000
Professor Mitt Regan, regan@law.georgetown.edu
Heather Bock, heb29@law.georgetown.edu
The Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law focuses on interdisciplinary research and analysis of the nature of lawyers' ethical responsibilities, the roles that lawyers play and the demands that they face in different practice settings, and developments in law practice that help shape lawyers' understanding of themselves as professionals and the distinctive ethical values that this involves.

The Civil Justice Research Initiative
Anne Bloom, Executive Director, annebloom@law.berkeley.edu
CJRI's mission is to systematically identify and produce highly credible, unbiased research on critical issues concerning the civil justice system, including expanding access to justice. Research will focus on the growing limits on access to the court system, including inadequate funding of state and federal courts; increased use of compulsory arbitration clauses; restrictions on class-action lawsuits; and limits on punitive damages. The Initiative will also examine potential remedies to help level the judicial playing field for litigants. This effort will ensure that leaders, legislators and courts have the factual research and data they need to set policy to ensure continued access to the courts.

Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics & the Legal Profession
Michigan State University
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
Brian Gilmore, bgilmore@law.msu.edu
Professor Ravitch, fravitch@law.msu.edu
The Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics & the Legal Profession at Michigan State University College of Law addresses issues of ethics and the legal profession through teaching, research, and outreach programs. Named for Frank J. Kelley, the longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history, the Kelley Institute builds upon the dedication, professionalism, and ethical code that marked his career, including his 37 years of service to the State of Michigan.

George Barrett Social Justice Program
131 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
Daniel Sharfstein, Director, daniel.sharfstein@vanderbilt.edu
Social justice is the heart of law. The Social Justice Program keeps it at the heart of Vanderbilt Law School.
The Social Justice Program aims to promote a dynamic atmosphere within which issues of equality, access and service are openly and regularly explored by faculty and students inside and outside the classroom. Students can choose from a variety of courses and clinics addressing a diversity of topics, including non-litigation strategies for social change; race and the law; drug law and policy; domestic violence; labor and employment; poverty law; mental health law; bioethics; immigration; the death penalty; and wrongful conviction. The program also offers an innovative Social Justice Reading Group that allows students to explore a range of substantive issues addressed by public interest lawyers as well as the challenges and rewards of representing marginalized clients and communities.

Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105
Professor Neil Hamilton, nwhamilton@stthomas.edu
The Holloran Center's mission is to provide innovative interdisciplinary research, curriculum development, and programs focusing holistically on the formation of both students and practicing professionals into ethical leaders in their communities. In fulfilling the mission, the Holloran Center seeks to address the most compelling ethical issue facing education in the professions and business: How can higher education most effectively foster the ethical professional formation of each student and practicing professional?

Innovation for Justice
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721
Stacy Butler, Director, stacybutler@email.arizona.edu
The civil legal system promises justice for all, but in reality, that promise is not being delivered. Barriers to entry, power imbalances, and flawed processes inhibit the civil legal system from working as it should. Marginalized populations are most likely to be excluded from effective use of the civil legal system. In the midst of this system failure, how can innovation and technology unlock the promise of equal justice?
The Innovation for Justice program exposes students to the justice gap, engages students in thinking critically about the power of technology and innovation to close that gap, and empowers students to be disruptive problem-solvers in the changing world of legal services. Students will work across disciplines and with government, private and community partners, implementing design thinking and systems thinking to create new models of legal empowerment.

Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
2060 South Gaylord Way
John Moye Hall
Denver, CO 80208
Rebecca Love Kourlis, Executive Director, rebecca.kourlis@du.edu
IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, is a national, independent research center dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system. Our mission is to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system.

Institute for Law Practice Technology and Innovation
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Professor Gabriel Teninbaum, gteninbaum@suffolk.edu
The Institute was established to study how technology is revolutionizing the practice of law, creating both opportunities and challenges for lawyers in every practice setting. The Institute offers programs, courses, public lectures, and other information designed to educate students, the legal profession, and the public about technology's transformation of the practice of law and the delivery of legal services.

Institute for Technology Law & Policy
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave
NW, Washington DC 20001
Alexandra Reeve Givens, Executive Director, alexandra.givens@law.georgetown.edu
The Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law is training the next generation of lawyers and lawmakers with deep expertise in technology law and policy.
The Institute provides a uniquely valuable forum in Washington, DC for policymakers, academics and technologists to discuss the most pressing issues and opportunities in technology law today.

Institute for Professional Ethics
New York Law School
185 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10013
The Institute for Professional Ethics at New York Law School focuses on the changing conditions of law practice in the U.S. and abroad. Through classwork, case studies, Center events, and independent projects, students learn about the conditions of practice in a variety of traditional settings, such as law firms, corporate law departments, government offices, and non-profits, as well as new, non-traditional settings such as virtual law firms, legal software companies, and legal process outsourcing firms. The goal of the Center is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding about the conditions of modern law practice and to equip students for successful careers in the next generation of practice organizations.

Jacobs Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law
Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Professor Jessica Roth, jroth1@yu.edu
Professor Anthony Sebok, sebok@yu.edu
Welcome to the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law. The Center sponsors courses, programs, and events that provoke dialogue and critical thought on ethical and moral issues. The Center also helps prepare students to face, with integrity, the difficult and important questions that arise in all areas of legal practice.

LegalRnD Lab
Michigan State University College of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
The LegalRnD Lab is dedicated to improving legal-service delivery and access across the legal industry. We accomplish this mission through research and development of efficient, high-quality legal-service delivery tools and systems. We do the research and development that has been lacking in the legal industry. Steeped in the tradition of, and backed by the literature in legal laboratories the LegalRnd Lab builds the tools needed to advance legal technology and improve access to justice.
LegalRnD brings together professionals from a broad range of disciplines. Contributors start with well-established concepts — such as lean thinking — and use them to improve legal-service delivery. We train our students in these concepts and study them with our partners, including: legal aid organizations, solo practitioners, corporate legal departments, law firms, courts, and entire justice systems.

Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics
Fordham University School of Law
140 W. 62nd St.
New York, NY 10023
Professor Bruce Green, bgreen@law.fordham.edu
The Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics works in collaboration with law students, practitioners, judges and legal scholars to study and improve the legal profession by: honoring exemplary lawyers; inculcating ethics into teaching law; training future lawyers "in the service of others"; incorporating ethical and professional values into academic and mentoring programs; and encouraging scholarly inquiry and scholarship on the professional conduct and regulation of lawyers. Above all, the Stein Center fosters an understanding of "ethical legal practice" that goes beyond adherence to the rules set forth in professional codes of conduct.

Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7001
Jaynath Krishnan, jkrishna@indiana.edu
The Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession is focused on the unprecedented challenges lawyers are facing around the world and developing research and training materials to assist current and future attorneys in their understanding of international legal systems. The Center has a three-part mission: to engage in research that advances knowledge about the global legal profession; provide our students with opportunities for hands-on learning about the law in other countries; and build global partnerships with other law schools to enhance the impact of the profession throughout the world. By finding common ground, legal advocates from across the world will discover new ways of communicating and collaborating, essentially using legal practices as a new international language.

Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics
Hofstra University School of Law
Hempstead, NY 11549
Executive Director: Ellen Yaroshefsky, yaroshef@hofstra.edu
Coordinator: Deborah Grattan, deborah.j.grattan@hofstra.edu
The Freedman Institute serves as a research center for the study of legal ethics issues. In addition to offering courses in professional responsibility, the Freedman Institute sponsors speakers, conferences and symposiums, inspires a new generation of law students through the Freedman Social Justice Fellowship Program, and provides opportunities for student and faculty research.

National Center for Access to Justice
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 7-165
New York, NY 10023
David Udell, Executive Director, dudell@fordham.edu
The National Center for Access to Justice at Fordham Law School is the national organization that relies on data to accomplish policy reforms that help people obtain justice.
We count on the justice system to halt domestic violence, stop unlawful evictions and foreclosures, preserve the unity of families, enable people to secure the wages they are owed, and in some circumstances to halt and reverse unfair criminal proceedings. Our justice system is intended to function as a source of equal justice, a refuge from oppression. But, too often the justice system, itself, can be a source of oppression. For people who have modest incomes or who are living in excluded communities, it can be impossible to learn about rights, assert rights, obtain a just result, or enforce that result. In civil cases, 80% of the legal needs of the poor are unmet. In criminal cases, people are entitled to receive free counsel if they cannot afford a lawyer, but only the poorest obtain it, often it is late, and in many communities its quality is impaired. At NCAJ, we are working to establish and preserve the real and meaningful opportunity for every person to be heard and to secure his or her rights.

Program on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Wasserstein Hall, Suite 5018
Cambridge, MA 02138
Professor David B. Wilkins, dwilkins@law.harvard.edu
The Program on the Legal Profession (PLP) seeks to make a substantial contribution to the modern practice of law by increasing understanding of the structures, norms and dynamics of the global legal profession.

Stanford Center on the Legal Profession
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA
Professor Deborah Rhode, rhode@stanford.edu
Jason Solomon, Executive Director, jsolomon@law.stanford.edu
The Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, founded in 2008, supports research, teaching, programs and public policy initiatives on crucial issues facing the bar. Building on the legacy of its predecessor, the Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession, the Center focuses on issues of professional responsibility and the structure of legal practice. Central concerns include how to enhance access to justice, sustain ethical values, improve bar regulatory structures, and effectively respond to the changing dynamics of legal workplaces.

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